CA | Dixie Fire | Update

Sunday Update – September 12, 2021

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Credit | NIFC/JBLM PAO

Incident Summary

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the Dixie Fire which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source. This is still under investigation.

Fire Fact – This fire has been burning as an active wildfire for 59 days. – CAL FIRE

Location

The fire is said to be burning in the Feather River Canyon area above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.

It is burning on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests, Lassen Volcanic National Park and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama, California.

Fire Fact – This firestorm is burning in five Counties: Butte, Tehama, Plumas, Shasta and Lassen. – CAL FIRE

Current Status

There has been 960,335 acres consumed and a 67% containment status.

Evacuations are still in effect. Details here –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/

A boil water advisory is in effect. Details here –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/

A TFR is in effect, meaning no drones in fire zones. Even small ones are dangerous, especially if they collide with firefighting aircraft.

Fire Fact – As of today, there were 13,325 personnel assigned to 16 active wildfires. – CAL FIRE

Damage Assessments

1,329 structures have been destroyed.

95 structures have been damaged.

One fatality has been reported.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $519 Million Dollars reached for fire suppression and containment expenses.

Fire Fact – September is National Preparedness Month and a great reminder to get prepared. – NWFB

Resources

There are 38 copters, 292 engines, 108 dozers, 174 water tenders, 4,334 personnel and 70 crews still assigned to this incident.

Hero SpotlightTruckee Meadows Fire and Rescue

Credit | TMFR

We dedicate this post to our HEROES SAVING HEROES SPOTLIGHT to the Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue who donated and delivered a Type 1 Fire Engine, stocked with all the necessary supplies and equipment to the Indian Valley Fire and Rescue in Greenville. This was to replace what they lost in what the (Dixie) fire took from them – which was their Fire Station, equipment and engine.

We LOVE these types of good-feel stories. Nice work, TMFR!

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Dixie Fire | Update

Tuesday Update – August 31, 2021

Incident Summary

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the Dixie Fire which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source and is under investigation.

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Credit: Plumas Co SAR / Lassen Social Media (Facebook)

Location

The fire is said to be burning in the Feather River Canyon area above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.

It is burning on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests, Lassen Volcanic National Park and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama, California.

Current Status

Fire behavior is still now extreme with wind-driven runs, group torching and long-range spotting.

There has been 819,956 acres destroyed and crews have worked tirelessly to increase containment from 47% on Sunday to 48% on this Tuesday evening.

They are still fully engaged trying to contain this stubborn, difficult and dangerous firestorm. Estimated containment is on Saturday, October 30th.

At this time, there are still several communities, infrastructure and other structures still being threatened.

Evacuations are in effect.

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Credit | Plumas Co SAR / Lassen Social Media (Facebook)

Damage Assessments

The DIXIE FIRE has destroyed 1,282 structures and damaged 92 structures.

Resources, shelters (people and their pets), closures and other helpful information for evacuees can be found on CAL FIRE’s website here –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/

There has been a total cost-to-date of $408 Million Dollars reached for fire suppression and containment expenses.

Resources

Fire command is Unified Command, under the following three agencies: Nick Truax, CALFIRE IMT 1 Evans Kuo, GBT1 Jay Lusher, NPS/BLM.

At this time, there are about 3,970 total personnel with 19 copters, 341 engines, 90 dozers, 123 water tenders and 52 crews.

Some of the personnel represent the many fire agencies. Cooperators include: Reno Firefighters, CAL FIRE.

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Credit | Reno Firefighters

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Dixie Fire is the 2nd largest wildfire in modern California history.” – Media

“Second time in CA History that a wildfire has crossed the Sierra Nevada – first it was the Dixie Fire, now the Caldor Fire.” – Media

The fire is now larger than Rhode Island. Firefighters will be challenged in the coming days due to gusty SW winds up to 60 mph and in some areas single-digit relative humidity.” – Fire Aviation Media

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Firestorm Dixie Fire

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the DIXIE FIRE which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source and is under investigation.

It is located about 15 miles northeast of Paradise and in the Feather River Canyon above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor, California. This is burning in five Counties: Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama.

Fire management was under Bill See (CALFIRE IMT3 IC), Jerry McGowan (CIIMT1) and Jay Lusher (NPS/BLM) but has been transferred to the Great Basin Team 1 has occurred today.

This incident is broken up into various zones:

CalFire Team 1 managed the West Zone until August 8th, when the team transitioned to CalFire Team 3.

EAST ZONE

  • The East Zone was managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 until August 3rd, when the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transitioned into command.
  • On August 17th, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 took command of the East Zone of the fire through August 28, 2021.
  • On August 29,2021, Great Basin Team 1 assumed command of the East Zone of the fire. 

WEST ZONE

  • CalFire Team 1 managed the West Zone until August 8th, when the team transitioned to CalFire Team 3.
  • RH remained low throughout the day
  • Fire resources continue to patrol fire lines; reinforce control lines
  • Control lines are holding near Janesville and Susanville
  • Some evacuation orders have been reduced to notifications only

EAST ZONE

  • The East Zone was managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 until August 3rd, when the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transitioned into command.
  • On August 17th, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 took command of the East Zone of the fire through August 28, 2021.
  • On August 29,2021, Great Basin Team 1 assumed command of the East Zone of the fire. 
  • Spot fires – Walker/Grizzly became very afternoon this afternoon, both have merged together
Night Operations Along Genesee Valley Road - August 26
Credit | USFS – Lassen NF

Fire behavior is still active with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting. About 764,135 acres have been consumed. A 48% containment status has been reached by ground and air resources.

Damage Assessments

  • 92 structures damaged
  • 1,275 structures destroyed

Resources –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/ (Evacuees0

Fire Resources –>

  • 19 copters
  • 384 engines
  • 139 dozers
  • 168 water tenders
  • 4,836 total personnel
  • 70 crews

A $390 Million Dollar price tag has been reached for fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Firestorm Dixie Fire

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the Dixie Fire which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source and is under investigation.

Tanker supplies water to engines in Genesee Valley
Credit | USFS / Lassen NF

The fire is said to be burning in the Feather River Canyon area above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.

Fire management is under Bill See (CALFIRE IMT3 IC), Jerry McGowan (CIIMT1) and Jay Lusher (NPS/BLM).

Fire behavior is still active with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting.

There has been 752,920 acres burned and crews have begun to attempt to tame this firestorm by bringing it into a 47% containment status; which we know this has been a very difficult, destructive and dangerous fire.

The DIXIE FIRE has destroyed 1,273 total structures and reached a staggering cost-to-date of $372 Million Dollars to date.

At this time, there are about 4,833 total personnel with 58 crews, 370 engines and 21 copters.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Dixie Fire | Paradise CA

AUGUST 21, 2021 UPDATE

Incident Summary

The Dixie Fire is burning in the Feather River Canyon near the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor, about 15 miles northeast of Paradise, California. It was last updated that it is burning in five counties which include: Tehama, Butte, Plumas, Shasta and Lassen.

It started on July 13, 2021, from an unknown cause and is still under investigation.

Command

It is under the command of the CAL FIRE – Butte Unit and in Unified Command with the IMT type 1 CA Team 1.

Cooperators

Incident Cooperators are partners who are used as intel, managers, representatives and help during large incidents such as this. Here’s a list of some of the cooperators assisting with this wildfire incident:

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Credit | City of Alhambra FD
  • Butte County Sheriff’s Office
  • Crockett Carquinez FD – E78
  • Plumas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lassen County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tehama County Sheriff’s Office
  • Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
  • CHP
  • PG&E
  • CAL OES
  • CAL-EMSA
  • CAL FIRE – CZU Strike Team 2276A, 9170C
  • California National Guard
  • California Conservation Corps
  • CAL TRANS
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • W.M. Beaty and Associates
  • Collins Pine
  • California Department of Corrections
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Fire Weather Research Lab – Fireweather.org
  • EmergencyRV – delivering RVs to firefighters with young kids who have lost their homes
  • Helicopter 22EA (out of Eagle Helibase)
  • San Mateo Consolidated FD
  • SSF FD EM Ken Anderson as Plumas Co EOC Logistics Chief (from 8/19 – 9/3/2021)
  • SSF FD
  • Calver City FD
  • City of Alhambra FD E71 (part of strike team w/Monterey Park FD, Culver City FD, Beverly Hills FD, Santa Monica FD)
  • American Red Cross
  • Taylorsville FD
  • Greenville Valley FD
  • Salvation Army
  • Pacific Forest Trust

Size Up

About 717,308 of timber and brush has been destroyed. The fire behavior remains active with uphill runs, group torching and short-range spotting. Firefighters have reached a 36% containment status.

This is the one of the biggest wildfires burning in the state and in the State’s record books.

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Credit | Calver City Firefighters

Fire Resources

At this time, Unified Command resources are managing a base of 5,891 personnel along with 19 copters, 463 engines, 207 dozers, 188 water tenders 99 crews.

Damage Assessment

Several communities and numerous structures, as well as infrastructure is still being threatened. Previously reports of 90 structures have been damaged with 1,230 (residential, commercial and other) structures have already been lost.

Most of Greenville has been burned to the ground.

Evacuations

Evacuations are still in effect. (see CAL FIRE resources for evacuations and other info)

Animal Resources

Animal Assistance – including large animals/livestock. #530 283 3673 or #530 283 6300.

Wildlife Disaster Network – Injured wildlife. #800 942 6459. Gold Country (rescue) – #530 885 0862.

Evacuee Resources

State Farm Customer Care Sites

  • Plumas Pines Shopping Center – 50 Main Street, Quincy, CA.
  • Grocery Outlet (Parking Lot) – 1616 Main Street, Susanville, CA.

Shelter

  • Red Cross Shelter – 315 Record Street, Reno, NV.

Through the Eyes of Social Media

What those are saying on the fire ground.

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Credit | San Mateo Consolidated FD

August 15, 2021

“When reality looks like fiction.” – Media showing a fire train pouring water on its surroundings as it crosses a bridge and fire all around in a Tik Tok video.

August 16, 2021

“The fire whirl jumped 395 and lit the east side on fire.” – Media

“Unsure what classifies as a Firenado, but this looks pretty close.” – Photojournalist

August 17, 2021

“Smoke has mostly cleared while gas stations are running out of fuel in (Susanville). Fire can be seen from town.” – Resident

“Janesville is impacted – severely showing great impacts in online images.” – Media

“It was a tough night. Can confirm many homes and other structures burned.” – Media

“Witnessing more intense fire behavior. Flames launching across 395 again. We’re about 5 miles north of Milford. Winds picked up and an intense flare-up occurred, forcing units to reposition to a more tactical position and out of harm’s way.” – Media

“Some of the aftermath, I am absolutely saddened by the devastation. Every time I am assigned to this fire, it’s worse.” – Media

“Mount Lassen is dwarfed by a procumulus cloud from the (Dixie) fire.” – Media

“An emaciated bear cub is rescued by the Gold Country Wildlife Rescue and in the safe care of the organization. It’s possible this bear lost its mom saddens photographers.” – Media

August 19, 2021

“Federal Judge demands the PG&E worker (aka eyewitness) share his testimony after witnessing first flames after PG&E took 9 hours to reach the location.” – Media

“Nine Northern California National Forests are closed due to Public Safety joining the Eldorado National Forest.” – Lassen National Forest

“The (fire) is the first in California history to burn its way clear across the Sierra Nevada.” – Media

“Resources for this (fire) remain strained due to the numerous fires throughout the country. Working to overcome and gain every advantage on the fire, crews utilize computer technology to work and move with purpose throughout the night.” – Lassen National Forest

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“The CAL FIRE CZU Strike Team 9170C has been on (fire) for weeks tasked with structure protection, strengthening control lines and doing what is needed.” – CAL FIRE CZU (also photo credits)

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August 20, 2021

“Fire has grown over 700,000 acres, which is 1,000 square miles.” – Weather media.

“Officials warn that fires in drought-plagued NorCal are traveling up to 8 miles in a single day, with their spread being driven primarily by dry fuels — not wind.” – Media

“An Army Guard 803, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops gallons of water on to the (fire).” – Aviation Media

“Fire broke through to the water line of Lake Almanor.” – Media

“The fire has now burned over 700,000 acres. Think about Rhode Island which is 776,960 acres. Yikes!” – Media

“Tanker 914 (VLAT) is flying out/in to load/reload out of the McClellan Air Tanker Base.” – Aviation Media

“Mandatory evacuations implemented for Grizzy/Tower, Ingalls and Taylorsville.” – Sheriff’s Office

“With most national parks, there are many visitor favorite places, including the Bumpass Hell, which its boardwalk is still intact and surviving the Dixie Fire.” – Lassen Volcanic NP

“The Dixie Fire has burned 44,858 acres of land within the Lassen Volcanic National Park, that has been burning since August 4, 2021.” – NPS

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Credit | NPS

“Crockett Carquinez FD E78 continues to be a committed resource on this fire.” PIO (and Photo Credits)

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August 21, 2021

“E78 has returned home after 15 days on the (Fire) line.” – Crockett Carquinez Fire PIO

“Fire burns slowly in Lassen County with thick smoke and horrible air quality.”

Social Media

#CAwildfires2021 #DixieFire #CA #CAclimatecontrol

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Dixie Fire | Paradise, CA | 1

UPDATE 1 || AUGUST 2, 2021

—- LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT —- FOR THE COMMUNITY OF GREENVILLE, CA. — (1714 PT)

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FIRE COMMUNITY MEETING – AUGUST 2, 2021 – 1900 HOURS – VIRTUAL MEETING https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREButteCo – Facebook

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81721688745 – Zoom

Dial
USA 215-446-3649 Conference code: 746758
USA 888-557-8511 (US Free) Conference code: 746758

INCIDENT SUMMARY.

The DIXIE FIRE in California is not to be confused with the DIXIE FIRE in Idaho. This California wildfire is burning about 15 miles northeast of Paradise, above the Cresta Dam in Feather River Canyon in Butte and Plumas Counties, California.

SIZE UP.

There has been 248,820 acres consumed. Firefighters from the air and ground have successfully reached a 35% containment status.

CAUSE.

It was sparked by an unknown cause on July 14, 2021.

COMMAND.

In Unified Command with CAL FIRE Butte County and Lassen National Forest.

FIRE REPORTING.

It was reported to the NIFC at 0700 hours this morning, the fire behavior was minimal with creeping, flanking and creeping with several communities and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures were in effect.

Reports on Social Media began pouring, showing anything else but minimal fire activity.

CURRENT FIRE ACTIVITES.

1635 | Possible flare-ups. AA210 requested 4 LATs for air drops.

1659 | Northern side of the fire is very active.

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Credit: CAL FIRE

1705 | Fire on south of Greenville, has crossed firelines at Round valley Reservoir and burning over the ridge towards Greenville.

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Credit: PG&E

1720 | 2 USFS – Plumas NF multiple units to Greenville HS for structure protection.

RESOURCES.

There are 22 copters, 427 engines, 72 dozers, 79 water tenders, 101 crews and 5,463 total personnel.

COOPERATORS.

Lassen National Forest, CAL OES, BNSF, Marin County SO, CZU Strike Team 9170C (working Div I and J), Modesto FD (5-engine strike team), Plumas County, SO, SCC Firefighters, NASA, Tehama County SO.

A firefighter looks out at a burning forest on the Dixie Fire.
Credit: Lassen NF

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • 9 Structures (residential, commercial, other) damaged
  • 67 structures (residential, commercial, other) destroyed

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Fire Train

Saving Lives on the way to the Dixie Fire

Modesto Fire Department sent a five-engine strike team to the wildfire incident, when there was a crash landed near the Truckee Tahoe Airport. These firefighters were in the in right place at the right time.

10 Tanker’s Many Successes

10 Tanker has done 69 missions so far, dropping 635,868 gallons of retardant.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Closed. Hwy 36 between Hwy 32 and Hwy 89. (8/2/2021)

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

ID | Dixie, Jumbo Fires | 1

The DIXIE and the JUMBO FIRES are both burning on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and are being managed by the same Northern Rockies Team 2, a Type 1 IMT.

Smoke rises from the Dixie fire over the mountains.
Dixie Fire – PC: USFS

Nationally in the Northern Rockies, there were 75 new wildfires, with three becoming new fires and six are not contained.

Incident Cooperators: USFS

DIXIE FIRE

The DIXIE FIRE is burning about two miles north of Dixie, Idaho, about 40 miles southeast of Grangeville, Idaho and 15 miles south of Elk City, Idaho.

It was caused by lightning on Monday, July 5th around 1245 Hours PT.

Today’s fire operations included air and ground resources tasked with structure protection and improving road and fuel breaks near the communities of Dixie, Comstock, Mallard Creek and private assets on the Main Salmon River.

Fire behavior is extreme with crowning, running and smoldering. About 11,000 acres has been burned with a 0% containment status.

Structures are threatened, while area, roads and trails are closed.

There has been a total of $5 Million Dollars in expenses to date.

JUMBO FIRE

The JUMBO FIRE is burning about eight miles from Dixie, Idaho and burning the DIXIE FIRE. Fire behavior is active.

Structures are threatened.

571 acres and a 0% containment at the last update this morning (NIFC). There are no resources on this fire which has caused a total cost-to-date of fire suppression and containment expenses of $10,000.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog